The Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) recently added five new 2014 Dodge Chargers to its fleet of patrol cars.
“We needed them,” said Assistant Leitchfield Chief of Police David Riley, who explained that the cars will replace three Chevrolets, two Ford Crown Victorias, and one car that was recently lost in an accident.
The Dodges were purchased on a three-year lease at a total cost of $53,000 per year of the lease. This cost covers the annual payment of all five vehicles, and at the end of the three-year payment period, the cars will belong to the LPD, Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said.
The total cost also included the installation of equipment and LPD decals, and the five Dodges were delivered last week, ready for the street, said Riley, adding that the typical lifespan of a police patrol vehicle is between five and seven years.
“Everything is just extremely high-tech on them,” said LPD Patrolman Jesse Townsend, who has begun driving one of the new Dodges.
The City of Leitchfield budgets approximately $70,000 per year for the LPD to purchase two new patrol cars annually; however, under the three-year lease program, the LPD will come in $17,000 under budget per year, Henderson said.
With the additional funding this year, Henderson was able to outfit his department with new, portable radios for the cost of $16,800.
“We want a police force and police cars the community can be proud of,” Henderson said. “In police work, we have to keep everything up to date.”
Henderson and his department are grateful to Mayor William Thomason and the Leitchfield City Council for their continued financial support, which has allowed for the purchase of the new patrol cars.
“We’re a very fortunate police department,” Riley said.
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